Upgrading of Obstetric Services at Patients Friends Benevolent Society (PFBS) and El-Hilal El-Emirati Maternity Hospital

Project Upgrading of Obstetric Services at Patients Friends Benevolent Society (PFBS) and El-Hilal El-Emirati Maternity Hospital
Objectives

• To improve the quality of Obstetrics and Gynaecology services for the local population. • To increase the efficiency of services offered especially in Obstetrics and Gynaecology Department.

Project Partners • Patients Friends Benevolent Society (PFBS) • Tal Sultan, El-Hilal El-Emirati Maternity Hospital
Activities

• Assigning a management team for the project • Identification of outdated equipment in the hospital based on priorities through an expert committee evaluation • Identification of the supporting capacity needed to operationalise, store and maintain the new equipment • Identification of donors for the projects • Procurement of equipment through open tender • Delivery of equipment upon verification by the management team

Locations PFBS in Gaza City and Tal Sultan Hospital in Rafah City, Southern Gaza
Period 1 year (2012)
Accomplishments

• Procured and delivered the Laparoscopic machine and camera system to Tal Sultan Al Hilal Al Emirati Maternity Hospital • Procured and delivered 1 unit of industrial washing machine (26 kg load), 1 unit of industrial drying machine (23 kg load), 1 unit of the ultrasound machine, 4 units of Cardotocography (CTG) machine, 1 unit of defibrillator and 1 unit of patient monitor with full options to PFBS. • Increased efficiency and effectiveness of services at Tal Sultan El-Hilal El-Emirati Maternity Hospital where procedures which used to take up to 7 days for recovery can now be completed and discharged within 2 days

Background

Given the current population size and total fertility rate in Gaza, there are an estimated 41,000 pregnant women at given time. It is expected that 1681 deliveries take place every day, inclusive of an estimated 30 cases of caesarian delivery. After eight years of blockade, healthcare services in Gaza have been affected. As a consequence, the capacity and integrity of healthcare services are severely affected in terms of (i) physical infrastructure, (ii) supplies and (iii) maintenance of continuity between primary and secondary levels of care. Tal Sultan, El-Hilal El-Emirati Maternity Hospital is the only maternity hospital in Southern Gaza. Since year 2010, the hospital has been upgraded to become a referral hospital in Rafah City. The hospital serves a population of 150,000 from the Rafah and Khan Younis area. Previously, most maternity cases were referred to Gaza City or babies were delivered at home. During times of conflict, movement into Gaza City is limited. The, Tal Sultan Al Emirati Hospital was established in Rafah to address this gap. The ‘Patient’s Friends Benevolent Society’ (PFBS) was established in 1980 and it runs an extended programme of health services. The hospital provides free primary and secondary healthcare services which include internal medicine, paediatric, obstetrics and gynaecology family planning, general surgery, neurological, and psychiatric care. In-patient capacity includes 45 beds, out of which 21 are for maternity cases. The hospital had been running using minimum facilities and outdated equipment for a considerable period.

MERCY Malaysia efforts

In 2009, an assessment was conducted in several hospitals in the Gaza Strip by MERCY Malaysia’s medical specialists. Among the issues the hospital faces, includes inadequate and outdated equipment creating inefficiency within the services offered by the hospitals, inclusive of Tal Sultan, El-Hilal El-Emirati Maternity Hospital and PFBS hospital. In the same year, MERCY Malaysia donated Laparoscopic and Hydroscopic equipment and camera systems to the hospital. This has increased the capacity of the hospital services and enabled treatment time to be reduced. In 2012, MERCY Malaysia procured another unit of the specialised Laparoscopic machine and camera system to complement the services that the hospital currently provides. MERCY Malaysia procured 1 unit of industrial washing machine (26 kg load), 1 unit of industrial drying machine (23 kg load), 1 unit of ultrasound machine, 4 units of Cardotocography (CTG) machine, 1 unit of defibrillator and 1 unit of patient monitor with full options for the PFBS Hospital.